The government has planned to send 1,000 workers from the country's less-advanced upazilas abroad per year, State Minister for Labour and Employment Begum Munnujan Sufian told parliament yesterday.
In reply to a question from Awami League MP Anwarul Abedin Khan, she said the government took the decision for development of the upazilas.
The state minister said Bangladesh is now exporting workers to 168 countries. The government has initiated a database on expatriate workers, while steps are being taken to prepare a database on returnee workers.
Munnujan said no district quota system is being followed to send manpower to foreign countries, and people of all districts have the scope to go abroad with jobs.
In reply to another query, she informed the House that the government is working to construct 91 more technical training centres to increase efficiency and productivity of prospective overseas workers.
She, on behalf of State Minister for Expatriates' Welfare and Overseas Employment Imran Ahmed, said during the previous tenure of the government, the number of technical training centres has been increased to 70 from 38.
Meanwhile, Food Minister Sadhan Chandra Majumder yesterday told the Jatiya Sangsad that the country's current food grain stock was 15,30,317 tonnes.
Replying to a starred question from treasury bench member Waresat Hossain Belal, he said the reserve was tallied on February 5. Of the stock, 1,349 tonnes were paddy, 13,53,442 tonnes were rice and 1,75,526 were wheat.
“We have 2,722 depots for food grain and seven silos for wheat preservation,” he said. The minister said the warehouses could preserve 21,18,822 tonnes of grains at a time.
In reply to a query, Commerce Minister Tipu Munshi said the government has instructed local administrations to take legal action against those involved in increasing price of rice through creating artificial crisis.